Coach Esmay joins the 100-win club at ASU
Former Sun Devil player and assistant coach Tim Esmay is entering his fifth season as Head Baseball Coach at Arizona State and 14th overall season with the program.
Coach Esmay owns an overall coaching record of 381-305-2, including a 168-70-1 mark at Arizona State. His .810 winning percentage over his first 100 games at Arizona State is the second highest in school history.
In the past four seasons under coach Esmay, the Sun Devils rank 1st in slugging percentage, fewest sacrifice bunts and home runs per season, and 2nd in batting average, hits per season and RBI per season. Click here for a full rundown of where the Devils stack up against the Pac-12 since 2010.
In his four seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team, coach Esmay has guided ASU to the second-highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010. His record of 168-70-1 (.703) is just behind UCLA (183-74, .712), but ahead of Oregon State (165-76, .684) and Oregon (163-83-1, .662). Coach Esmay has posted a winning record in the 78 games he has played against top-25 teams (43-35) and also has a winning record against four of the top teams in the Pac-12, including Arizona (11-9), Oregon State (7-6), Oregon (7-5) and UCLA (7-5).
Coach Esmay served as an assistant coach (hitting coach) for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Under his guidance, he has sent nine Sun Devils to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team since 2007, including one in each season, which is the longest streak among all schools.
He guided the Devils to a College World Series appearance in 2010 and joins former Sun Devil head coach Jim Brock as the only two managers in school history to lead the Sun Devils to the postseason in three of their first four seasons in Tempe. He is 11-6 all-time in the postseason, including 8-2 in Regional play.
Thirty-eight Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in coach Esmay's four seasons at ASU, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span and five more than the next closest team, Florida. Coach Esmay produced an NCAA-best 10 selections in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including five in the first five rounds for the first time in program history since 1984.
Since coach Esmay's arrival in 2010, ASU leads the Pac-12 in First Team All-Conference selections with 20, two more than UCLA and Arizona, who each have 18. Oregon State has 14, followed by Oregon and Cal with nine, Stanford with seven, Washington State with four and USC with two.
He has twice orchestrated six three-game series sweeps in a single season in his four-year tenure after the feat had only been accomplished 10 times in the 30 years prior to his arrival. The Sun Devils also recorded four straight Pac-12 home series sweeps in 2012 for the first time since 1988 and only the third time in program history.
Esmay turned in one of the most memorable debut seasons at a school in history in 2010. After being named interim head coach on December 3, 2009, Esmay made his debut as Arizona State's head baseball coach on February 19, 2010, an 8-0 win over Northern Illinois. That started a winning streak that would last 24 games, breaking the school record set in 1961 for most consecutive victories to open a season. Esmay and the Devils finished the regular season with a 52-10 record, including a 20-7 mark in Pac-10 play. Arizona State won another Pac-10 title and was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils would win all five postseason games played at Packard Stadium, including two thrilling Super Regional wins over Arkansas to send Arizona State to the College World Series for the second straight year. For his efforts, Esmay was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Zack MacPhee was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Seth Blair was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, while MacPhee was also a unanimous First Team All-American.
Esmay was the head baseball coach at the University of Utah from 1997 to 2004, winning a WAC title and WAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997. In eight seasons at Utah he compiled a 213-235-1 record. Esmay had 18 of his players go on to play professional baseball, including three from his last team in 2004. He also had 27 players earn all-conference honors during his tenure. Esmay's eight-year career at Utah also saw his teams completely rewrite the Ute record books. In his first season directing the Utah baseball program, Esmay did what no Ute coach had done in 32 years when he led Utah to a WAC division title and a 36-21-1 record in 1997. The Utes posted a 22-8 record in the Northern Division that year. They also set nine school records as Esmay was named the 1997 Louisville Slugger WAC Coach of the Year. In 2002, Esmay guided Utah to a 33-26 overall and 16-14 conference record. The 33 wins is the second most in school history since 1963, and the second-place league finish is the Utes best since joining the MWC in `99. Senior pitcher Mitch Maio garnered 2002 MWC Co-Player of the Year honors.
Esmay spent five seasons as an assistant coach for ASU Baseball, including three as Assistant Head Coach. A former Sun Devil player and assistant coach, he played two seasons as an infielder under Jim Brock in 1986 and 1987 and was a member of Brock's coaching staff from 1988 to 1990 and in 1994.
Esmay began his coaching career following his playing days at Arizona State (1986-87). He served as an assistant coach at Arizona State under Jim Brock from 1988 to 1990, then again in Brock's final season of 1994. He returned to Arizona State in 2005 as an assistant coach, helping the team to a third place national finish and an appearance in the College World Series. He was named the Assistant Head Coach prior to the 2007 season and served in that capacity for three seasons.
Esmay as ASU Head Coach
The Past Four Seasons (2010-13) In The Pac-12
Esmay's Head Coaching Record At Utah